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Artist of the Week: Bates Wilson

Bates Wilson makes tight, controlled sculptures out of recycled and reclaimed materials; they look like they were made to exist directly from the raw materials used in their creation.  Wilson uses an array of metals and materials available to him and is the first person I know of to hit the airplane fuselage jackpot.  Whether the materials used are street signs or engine parts, they are not only remade but made perfect in the new work.

I think there is no pretentiousness to his work; he works with motifs that he likes.  He has different themes including fish, flight, surfing, electric guitars and the re-imagining of household items.  Each work feels careful and personal.

“Metal will never wear out, I like the way it ages, I like the patina. I enjoy exploring the medium, the process of discovery, and finding new ways to satisfy myself.”

Bates Wilson  [source]

View from Art Chicago / NEXT 2011, most of the works in the above video are shown here.

See more sculpture by Bates Wilson at his portfolio website here.

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